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Modern Literature, Genre Bestseller, and Classic Tale


I just finished with three books—completed two, couldn’t get through one

The first was by a friend of a friend—The Fine Colour of Rust by Paddy O’Reilly. fine color of rust

I’m calling this book “Modern Literature”.

Some may be able to force it into a genre but I feel it resists easy classification.

My ultra-short review is:

Consistently Humorous — Psychologically Rich

Other perceptions:

Portrays Devoted Persistence

Highlights Relationship Necessities

I completely enjoyed the read and learned some important truths

5 stars

The second book was selected at a drug store by cover image, then back blurb.

This is a self-professed genre book—a Love Story

At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks. at-first-sight

This book is just one of Sparks Bestsellers and it doesn’t take much Googling to find out that most “bestsellers” are books heavily manipulated by publishers and the media to sell many copies in a short time.

I really tried hard to stay with this book—60 pages—but had to abandon it

Just before I knew I’d write this post today, I got a link from a share on Google Plus:

The Most Abandoned Books List

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling topped that list, followed by Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.”

In Sparks’ book, the relationship was so shallow and “modern” it had no blood pulsing within it.

The motivations of the characters made them seem like puppets for some social strategist.

I hate putting books down but, for me, this was a loser

2 stars

The third book was bought during a shopping trip with my sister and got purchased jude the obscurebecause of the cover first, then the author’s name, then the low price

Jude The Obscure by Thomas Hardy.

Hard to describe this book

An obvious Tragedy.

A complex tale of Love.

A Social Commentary.

A reading challenge because of the late 1800s prose but, once the “translation” part of my mind kicked in, it was an enjoyable read.

Curious book

Received much scorn and vilification when published—a bishop even burned a copy.

Was the last novel Hardy wrote—he switched to poetry

4.5 stars

So…

Three books—three very different experiences.

Do you compare your reading experiences?

Have you ever abandoned a book?

Do you stay mostly with “Literature”? “Genre”? “Classics”?
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My Best Friend’s Best Friend . . .


Some folks have the same best friend for their whole life; some have serial best friends, as life swallows or absconds with people

I’m an author. My current best friend is an author. Her best friend is an author. Does this seem strange to you?

Or. perhaps, all authors seem strange to you, even if you like some of the books they produce

One of the strangest things for me is finding in another author’s words the sensations and feelings I thought were internally unique to me.

My best friend’s best friend is Paddy O’Reilly and she managed to invoke that strange awareness in me

She’s won many awards and published both novels and short stories.

My best friend sent me a link to an interview in the literary journal, Verity La, called, Snapshots of Truth.

The tone of the piece made me feel like I was at a Cafe table with Alec Patric and Paddy, listening to their high-level literary chat.

Paddy said a number of things that startled me because of the powerful way they resonated with my own experience:

“I always think that interpreting your own work for the reader is a mistake – either you constrict the reader in their reading, or you constrict the story in its possibilities.”

“Not that I’m saying I sit around waiting for the magical moment to arrive, that moment of the plunge into a half-lit world where stories come from…. impossibly, I feel myself sinking and when I return to normal consciousness I find I have caught hold of a story and pulled it back up with me.”

“People often talk about what is ‘left out’ of a story but I think that rather than leaving things out what we must do is allow the words in the story to carry the weight of the lives contained in it, even when not everything is explicitly described.”

“I think you can have all the integrity in the world, but that won’t help a story that does not have a human truth at its core. Just as earnestness will not compensate for sentimentality. Just as beautiful language will not compensate for emptiness. That is the struggle — to create work of value.”

Are those quotes enough to make you click on this link for her latest book, The Fine Colour of Rust?
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